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Editorial Reviews

Pop-rap experimentalists Das Racist, like Atlanta-based hip hop group Tag Team, are 'back again,' riding
the wave of success garnered from the two free mixtapes they released in 2010, with their sprawling,
visionary cyberdelic, Black Eyed Peas-ian epic tone poem of a debut album, RELAX. Featuring production
from El-P, Vampire Weekend's Rostam, Yeasayer's Anand Wilder, Drake songwriter Francis Farewell
Starlite, Diplo and cameos from beloved Detroit rap eccentric Danny Brown, underground hip-hop legend
El-P and the ever-reclusive tiny genius rapper Despot, the album is almost exactly like Kanye West's My
Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in every conceivable way.

The album is the first of several anticipated releases on Illuminati wunderkind and member Himanshu
Suri's own label Greedhead Music. With sales projections at an estimated 100,000 units, grossing roughly
one million dollars, it will still only do one fourth as well as Kanye West's College Dropout, but at least will
afford members Heems, KOOL A.D., and Dapwell to pursue their own individual projects so that they can
finally put this horrible nightmare of a band to rest and remain friends with each other.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 13, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: September 13, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: GREEDHEAD LLC
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • ASIN: B005E7ANTW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,343 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Das Racist's debut album is a bit different from their mixtapes, not having as many references, but it is still a great album. If you are a fan of Sit Down, Man or Shut Up, Dude I suggest buying this album. Here is my track by track breakdown of the album.

Relax - Great opening track. Kool AD begins the track with a soft, subdued type of voice, appropriate for the name of the album/track. Heems comes in after with a stronger verse and keeps you listening, but the end of the track can get annoying after listening a few times. The last minute or so is just filler with no rapping.

Michael Jackson - Their first single off the album. Very loud electronic beat with Heems rapping using a new, hoarse style. Kool AD has the stronger verse in my opinion. One of the better tracks of the album. Upon first listen, I was not a fan of this track because it is so different when compared to usual Das Racist beats, but it will grow for sure.

Brand New Dance - This track begins with Kool AD messing up his verse and starting over. When interviewed about this, Kool AD said they chose to keep the mistake because they are so lazy and now they even perform with the screwup in live performances. They classify the song as "slacker rock rap" due to the guitar riff used throughout. This song might not be enjoyable for everyone, but it is one of my favorites.

Middle of the Cake - Will be the favorite track for a lot of people. Heems and Victor both have great verses. My favorite part is the verse when Victor says "Rapgenius.com is white devil sophistry, Urban Dictionary is for demons with college degrees, Google ad technology is artificial karma B, rick ross on the radio at the pharmacy." I was actually reading these lyrics on rapgenius.com at the time haha.
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Upon first listen to Relax, I was all, man what happened to the Rap-Noise-Pop? then I was like, well this new Slacker-Rock-Rap isn't bad. Basically, this album wasn't what I was expecting. At first I thought the wit and humor that DR had become known for was missing on most of the album, but it's there it's just not as obvious anymore (well I mean "booty in the air" and "michael jackson" are pretty blatant). I guess what I am trying to say is that I was hoping for more "we don't care at all" attitude and instead Relax has more of a "we don't really care, but this is our job now so we are trying to do better" kind of attitude. This is a pretty positive message to be putting out there so I am okay with it.

In Conclusion: buy this album, then listen to it over and over again. If at first you don't like it stop being a lame and keep listening till you do. If you like it right away, that is also fine.

PS If you haven't heard Das Racist's two FREE mixtapes Shut Up, Dude and Sit Down, Man you need to check them out as they are fantastic.
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Not as good as the mixtapes in my opinion, but a good addition to my collection of vinyl! One note: The paper sleeve art on the vinyl is drawn by band member Kool A.D. and is X-Rated to say the least; best to leave it in the cardboard housing around children and people who may get offended. The paper sleeve within features crude hand-drawn characters in an abstract fashion fully exposed and in a vulgar manor. I personally see it as art but it is best to leave a warning here to anyone who may be offended.
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I wouldn't say this is Das Racist's best material - at least not as a whole - but it is still really good. I personally play their mix tapes more often than this album, but this is a really solid album. I think the thing I like best about Das Racist is their ability to take you from low to high emotions - depressed, filthy to elated, dancy. Oh, and also the references. I still "get" new references on subsequent listens. Buy it. You should probably buy it.
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A successful move from the blogosphere to reality. On Relax, Das Racist take the raw ryhmes and production from their mixtapes Sit Down, Man and Shut Up, Dude to a full album of pop music sensibilities laced with wise-crack rhymes to deliver what is a must listen album. A great move for hip-hip and clearly what the cool kids are listening to.
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By rebequoi on March 25, 2012
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These guys are amazing; happiest thing my ears have encountered in years. I don't care if it's joke rap. It sounds pretty serious to me (even though some songs crack you up). Musically it's insanely weird and interesting and just badass. Killer beats, crazy rhythms... heavy, pretty, melodical.. exactly what I like. My favorite album so far I think is Shut Up, Dude. I seriously love a majority of the songs on all 3 albums. So far there are only 3 songs that I actually dislike, out of like 60. I'm so happy to have found them.

If you're looking for more like it, the closest thing I've found I'd say is Omnikrom. They're quebecois though, so it's all in French (well, sorta :)). But I like that.

Buy it!!!! Tell your friends!!!
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